The Google Play Market has removed the applications of the next Russian banks. According to Izvestia, the software solutions of the banks Uralsib, Primorye, Levoberezhny, Zenit, SDM Bank, Ural Bank for Reconstruction and Development (UBRD), Lanta Bank, Metallinvestbank and Bank St. Petersburg”.
We are talking about financial institutions that have fallen under the sanctions of the US Department of Justice. In addition to the listed banks, both MKB and MTS-bank fell under them, the software of which is also not available on Google Play. Earlier in 2022, the applications of Sberbank and other banks were removed from Google Play and the App Store.
As a result of the restrictions, the assets of these financial institutions in the United States are frozen, their transactions with dollars are suspended, and companies doing business with them risk falling under secondary sanctions. However, those users who have already installed the software can continue to use it.
“It was an expected event. We prepared for it in advance. The bank was one of the first to place all its official applications on the RuStore service. This is the most convenient and fastest way to download applications on Android for both individual clients and legal entities and entrepreneurs, ”TASS quotes Sergey Milovsky, head of the retail business department at UBRD.
Earlier, financial institutions have repeatedly warned about the appearance of fraudulent programs imitating their services in marketplaces. One of the safer options for Android is often said to be downloading app APK files from the websites of the banks themselves. However, not everything is smooth here either: according to the latest data, in 2022 alone, the number of phishing resources on the Runet tripled, including those masquerading as banking sites.
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